Celebrate Your Success
Linger in the Loveliness
We take an annual beach trip to Rosemary Beach, Florida. It's our family's happy place, the week we anticipate all year. Relaxed days, beautiful views, quality togetherness time....and a *just right* amount of babysitters. We book next summer's trip the day we come home, and daydream about "Rosemary" for the next 12 months. Oh, and did I mention my mom's name is Rosemary? Icing on the cake.
The best thing about the trip is the gorgeous emerald coast, so Jim and I have learned to invest in a few daytime babysitters (thank you, Coastal Kids Babysitting!), in order to soak it in. It feels indulgent: sitting on the beach with my favorite person with no agenda or responsibility. We worked hard all year to make it happen, and this is a prize. I stare at the ocean, committing to conjure this calming image throughout the year:
Life Changing Magic
During our two adults-only visits to the beach, I devoured The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And, Oh My Gosh. Y'all: it is life-changing, and "yinspired" to the core.
Upon reflection, I clearly had been craving more order in life. I organized a junk drawers and the pantry a few months earlier, devised "systems" for the after-school mess, and with the unstructured summer, had a harder time using yoga and writing to help create calm. So, it is not a surprise I grabbed Life-Changing Magic.
Ms. Kondo's book blew me away with a new, fresh take on organizing, which she calls the Konmari Method: focus on what sparks joy, keep those things. Then to the rest, say thank you and LET GO. The idea is to create space for joy. For example, when you open that drawer, is it happy experience? It felt Yinspired to me: subtle, nuanced, seemingly easy, a shift in perspective that could bring a sense of peace.
I couldn't wait to get home to take a first step: my closet.
Watch out, Stuff.
I've read this book
and am not afraid to use it.
**NOTE: Full blog post re: my fuller Konmari experience is in the works. It will be fun...but for now:
Can I tell you (drumroll, please): I came home and did it!
Reduced closet items by probably 75%. Everything in there now looks good, feels fabulous, and is easy to wash. Unexpectedly, it became a bit of family bonding, for example, during the sage energy clearing ;). Also, my husband was so inspired, he did his own version two weeks later.
Honestly, I can't tell you how happy the closet makes me feel. Peace, calm, beauty. Angelic music seems to play every time I open a drawer.
I didn't plan to show pictures of this process, and had already cleared a bunch before snapping any photos. Hopefully it comes across.
before: My "Stuff it in" method
During: Survey, Sage, and Donate
After: Hello gorgeous
Celebrate the Success
Riding the high of the post-closet cleanout, I did two things:
1) Bought the painting you see in the "after" closet picture. It makes me happy, and (just noticing now) it has a lot of that Rosemary Beach energy...
2) Created this yoga sequence - about relishing in a success
To be honest, I have a nagging sense I won't be able to keep it up. I'll buy more clothes, get lazy with folding, not have "time" to cherish the home life once school schedules kick in. But, I'm deciding to expect the best and not worry about the worst. And, I'm going to linger in this awesome achievement. Celebrate it. I had inspiration, set a goal, and carried it out. I'm proud of myself and want to honor it through yoga.
This home practice is for you to celebrate whatever success - big or small - you achieve.
- Small, daily achievements - such as getting dinner on the table and everyone into bed - that we don't always acknowledge
- Medium, project-type achievements - like my closet - something that no one else will notice and you want to relish
- Huge, awesome achievement - the stuff champagne was made for. Yet, something about indulging in a quieter,subtler celebration will help you absorb the successs more fully
What are you celebrating? ENJOY the time. You are amazing and deserve to be celebrated.